A true/false quiz to see if you’re a farmer wannabe:
1) You were the first on your block to get backyard chickens.
2) You drink out of Mason jars.
3) You want to plant and harvest your own wheat.
Sound like you? If so, the eye candy of Farmhouse Revival (Abrams) is right up your idealized rural lane.
To win the book, leave a comment suggesting a fourth question for today’s quiz. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.
The winner of last week’s book, The MiniFarming Guide to Composting, is … Lisa Udwin, the so-called Joker of composting! Lisa, send us your mailing address.
New Jersey’s Camden City Garden Club and Camden Children’s Garden pedaled home with multiple awards at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This corner of their display garden was packed with blooming bike baskets, outsize metal daffodils, and a flower fairy up front. Those lively fence slats were painted by local kids.
Toronto Sun—-Like a running outdoor tap, Niagara Falls is not frozen. But it sure is icy. Charlotte
The Philadelphia Flower Show surprised this Californian with its emphasis on flowers—displays of cut flowers rivaled the landscaped show gardens.
Best in Show for Floral is a group of arrangements by members of the American Institute of Floral Designers, including this one centered on a Moon Jar, an homage to the collection at the Philadelphia Museum.
AP—-Honeybees now work at a Tampa law firm. Charlotte
What makes today’s snowflakes so small, when there were goose-feather size flakes just a few weeks ago? It’s the air temperatures that the snow falls through.
If there’s a cold ride all the way down, we get tiny flakes. If some of the air layers are only near freezing, the flakes can melt a bit and pick up friends, forming the big feathers. How about that?
Journal Star—-Thundersnow in Illinois. And graupel.
Are you an active or passive composter? There is a difference. You can throw it in a pile and let it do its thing, or you can get serious about compost and get it happening fast.
Either way, you might enjoy Brett Markham’s book, “The Mini Farming Guide to Composting” that teaches all you’ll want to know about microbes, worms, and the mesophillic phase. Personally, I love anything with phases.
To win the book, just leave a note in comments about your experience. Are you the king or queen of compost or don’t see the point? A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.
Last week’s winner of Tovah Martin’s houseplant book is Deb - the gal that always wanted to grow a Staghorn.
If you turn up in pearls and a flowery hat they won’t bar the door at the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 1-9. You’ll have better luck in a bright leotard—so you can be mistaken for one of the dancers who’ll be twirling on the ceiling. It’s the biggest indoor flower show in the world, promising the new with the traditional, and this year’s Articulture theme means garden designs paired with art museums.
Adweek—-Why we should have been in Paris on flower-soaked Valentine’s Day.
Locally grown, in-season flower arrangements are good ideas. Delivery in San Francisco via bike or scooter makes them irresistible ideas. Pedal on, Farmgirl Flowers. There’s always something new under the sun (or fog).
Washington Post—-Polar vortex is Mr. Freeze for stink bugs. That snow is looking better already, isn’t it?
You know that houseplants are back, and now Tovah Martin has 220 ways to make them cool. The Unexpected Houseplant will fire your imagination and green up your home life.
Enter to win the book by telling us in the comments which plant you’re determined to grow indoors. We’ll pick the winner (eyes closed, pinkie promise) and announce that next Friday.
The winner of Plants with Benefits is … drumroll ... Rita. Yay! Please send me your mailing address.